On Food

Food is a beautiful thing. Whether you like it or not, it plays a pretty big role in your day to day life. After all, without it you’d be in a whole heap of trouble (ie, dead). But food also has the potential to be so much more than just simple sustenance. It can define us culturally, it can bring together friends and family and it can even bring you a slice of genuine happiness three times a day if you let it.

That last one is a big one, because happiness is generally a pretty abstract concept – what makes one person happy does not necessarily make another person happy. To me, food is one of the few things in this world that is an exception to this rule. Good food makes people happy. Period. And that’s a really big deal to me.

I look at food as a medium to have some fun with. It gives you an excuse to get some friends together, there are tons of gadgets to play with, and above all else it allows you to experiment and be creative. No matter what your personal thoughts on food are, the fact remains: you are going to be around food for the remainder of your life. This isn’t exactly debatable. So, keeping that in mind, I figure it couldn’t hurt to learn a thing or two about it in the meantime.

Good food does not have to be time or even effort intensive. It simply requires a bit of foresight and the desire to put it all together. Now, I am not claiming to be an expert on anything here. I am just an individual that loves good food. I also happen to be an individual that is willing to invest a bit of time in learning how to prepare food properly. I created makechownotwar so that I could document this learning process, and if I am lucky a reader or two will tune in and learn something too.

Toronto is a great place to live, work and eat. I’ve been living here since 2005, and exploring this city’s culinary offerings is one of my favorite pasttimes. For that reason, you will most likely find a lot of Toronto-centric food writing on this blog. My goal is to explore the unique space where Toronto’s dining culture intersects with food-related activism and the ongoing local food movement. As toronto’s food scene continues to mature, a market for well-executed food made of sustainably sourced ingredients has emerged. And I think that’s pretty great.

The key to getting started with food is to simply stop being afraid of it. Anyone who claims that they can’t cook is either lying to themselves or lying to you. Cooking isn’t difficult, and it really is amazing what you can put on a plate after learning a few of the basics.

Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty, and wonderful things will happen.

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